I've now read The Rights of the Reader (Pennac, 2006, Translated by Sarah Adams) six times. I enjoy his use of irony / sarcasm, vignettes, and his lively, plain speaking. Readers of all ages can relate to his book. Every reader has every right listed from the right not to read to the right to be quiet - and this includes students from K-post graduate. In schools, the rights would need to be have guidelines (we can't have our students exercising their right to not read all the time and we cannot give them choices all the time). Knowing we need to have guidelines, I think if we give (allow them to know they have these rights, even) students these rights and discuss what they mean with genuine student input, we should see an increase in pleasure reading - or at the least, a decrease in "I hate reading, why do I have to read in school all the time?" If more teachers practiced "the right to read out loud," or "the right to read it again," demonstrating how pleasurable reading can be, we should also see an increase, as did the teachers in Pennac's book, of students wanting to read.
Quentin Blake's drawings are rendered in black on light cream pages in the Candlewick Press edition; they lose in the translation from the Walker Books colorful illustrations. Blake and Pennac (and translator Adams) are a good team.
Parents, teachers, and all who work with, live with, or have any contact with children should read the book. So should people who just want to dip in, to see if they like reading, read this book.